Monisha Rajesh is a British journalist and travel writer whose writing has appeared in Time magazine, The New York Times, The Guardian, Vanity Fair and The Sunday Telegraph in which she wrote a monthly column about travelling the world by train.
Her first book Around India in 80 Trains (2012) was named one of The Independent’s top ten books on India, and her second book Around the World in 80 Trains was published in 2019 to great acclaim.
Monisha was born in Norfolk and mostly raised in Yorkshire – with a brief stint in Madras. She currently lives in London with her husband and two daughters.
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Who is Monisha
Moving to India when she was 9 years old
Doing a French Degree at Leeds
Moving to London
Where her love of travel comes from
Moving around a lot when she was younger
Wanting to travel around India via trains
The cultural aspects of travelling
The magical moments from India
Her writing process
Using a paste board
Fitting writing into her life
Writing her second book being 8 months pregnant
Feeling happiest when writing
Planning an around the world train adventure
Day to day life on the trains
The community on the trains
The epic train journeys
The Qinghai–Tibet railway
Being ready to head home
The challenges of travel in North Korea
Arriving back into London
Sending 7 months on trains around the world
The 3rd Book!
The importance of sustainable travel
The challenges and stresses of air travel
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Website - www.80trains.com
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